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*Call for contributions:*

*Social Media and Demographic Research: Applications and Implications
Montreal, Canada, 15 May 2017*

*Deadline for submissions: 16 March 2017*

This Research Workshop, sponsored by the IUSSP Scientific Panel on Big Data
and Population Processes, is a side event at the 11th International AAAI
Conference on Web and Social Media ICWSM-17
place in Montreal, Canada, 16-18 May 2017.

Organizers: Emilio Zagheni, Ingmar Weber, Tom Le Grand

Direct access to the workshop website:

The IUSSP Panel on Big Data and Population Processes
 invites contributions from colleagues interested in Computational
Demography. The Panel encourages submissions from researchers who wish to
present their work, as well as the attendance of scholars interested in
broadening their exposure to the topic.

Demography has been a data-driven discipline since its birth. Data
collection and the development of formal methods have sustained most of the
major advances in our understanding of population processes. The global
spread of Social Media has generated new opportunities for demographic
research, as individuals leave an increasing quantity of traces online that
can be aggregated and mined for population research. At the same time, the
use of Social Media and Internet are affecting people's daily activities as
well as life planning, with implications for demographic behavior.

There are clear benefits inherent in connecting demography and data
science. As ever more complex population-level data become available,
demography can offer rigorously-developed concepts, measures and methods to
those involved in the 'big social data' revolution. As social media
services become a major source of social scientific data, the interaction
with data science holds great potential to advance demographic research as
well. Despite the great potential involved in these interactions, there is
unfortunately very limited communication between population researchers and
data scientists. This workshop is intended to favor communication and
exchange between the two communities and would revolve around the main
theme of applications and implications of social media for demographic

Topics that are relevant for the workshop include, but are not limited to:
*  Population research with social media data
*  Demographic features of online communities or services
*  Sentiment analysis associated to demographic events like immigration
*  Implications of social media and Internet for demographic behavior
*  Nowcasting fertility, mortality or migration with online data
*  Understanding population health with social media data
*  Methods for extracting information from non-representative samples
*  Applications of demographic methods to online populations

Participants who would like to present must submit an extended abstract
(2-4 pages) or a full paper via EasyChair
 by* March 16, 2017* (see
submissions will be evaluated by the Organizing Committee on the basis of
quality and fit to the workshop theme. Accepted abstracts and papers will
be presented as short presentations, lightning talks or posters.
Participants who are interested in attending but do not submit a research
paper or a position paper should submit a paragraph explaining why they are
interested in participating, what they would gain from participation, and
how they can contribute to the workshop.

There will be no formal Proceedings for the abstracts and papers submitted.
However, authors of high quality submissions will be invited to submit
their papers to a special issue on Social Media and Demographic Research of
the open access journal *Demographic Research*
(), one
of the top journals in the field.  The issue would include a selection of
peer-reviewed papers presented at workshops organized in collaboration with
the IUSSP Panel on Big Data and Population Processes.

For questions about the workshop, please email the organizers at :
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International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP)
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